KDR Sports and Adventure Travel Pty Ltd was originally started by Ken Creighton and Richard Mullin in 2001
KDR Travel has gone through some amazing transitions in the years since it started in a spare room with a dial up modem in 2001 to where we are today with our consultants working from their offices and homes all over South Africa.
KDR Sports and Adventure Travel Pty Ltd was established in
Aug 2001 with a view to specialising in Inbound and Outbound
sports supporter and team tours using the website www.sportstravel.co.za
Having to add packages on to the tours both locally and overseas
led to us offering a traditional travel service for the outbound
market and a tour operator section for clients coming to
Starting originally from a spare room in Richard flat in Fourways (Joburg), we moved to a small office up the road in Randburg,
then to a bigger office next door then to using both.
In 2004 an office in KwaZulu Natal
was also opened when Richard decided to move back to Sharks territory.
In 2009 the Joburg office moved to Midrand when Bella Khaya guesthouse was started
Some of our consultants have been with us since 2005 and in order to keep the KDR family together ( as well as retain the experience ) we decided in 2012 to start a work from home option for those consultants that had had children, or had moved to new cities and towns with new spouses.
KDR are members of SATSA (South
African Tourism Services Association - member number 1182)
and Sotoda (Soweto Tourism Association)
Coming to Southern Africa and need an itinerary put together
to suit you, then contact us with your details, needs, preferences
and budget and we will put a tour together that will knock your
KDR now has consultants in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban
who can quote on anything from Battlefields tours in the
Natal midlands to Golf tours along the Garden route and
2 week countrywide tours staying at everything from 5* luxury hotels and game lodges to mid range guest-houses. We have specialists that can put combinations of South Africa and Zimbabwe/ Mozambique? Namibia together for you
Our consultants deal with packages to destinations worldwide whether it be Cruises in the Med or Dive trips to Australia and we have specialist consultants for Vic Falls, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Namibia, Mauritius and the other southern Africa destinations.
Operator - Soweto
With the acquisition of the soweto.co.za domain we
tried to act as travel agents for existing tour companies.
Unfortunately we found that there were too many companies
offering you a drive through tour with a view of Soweto
through a bus window and a quick lunch at one of the restaurants
before you were rushed back to your hotel room
No tour companies offered a "complete" tour of
There was also a lack of information
on Soweto. There was no tourism authority (One has now
been formed - (2004 - Sotoda)) and people didn't know
how to get into contact with the right people in Soweto
except through a string of tour companies and intermediaries
- some less than reputable.
Denis, who had been involved with housing
and "upliftment" projects
in Soweto for many years, gathered together a few role
players and we started gathering information. Then we put
our own tours together with Denis as the tour guide.
The tours focused on getting people out of the vehicles
and into the markets, the hostels, the squatter camps and
into some real shebeen's (local bars)
We met Thamsanqa Ndimande (Thami) who also shared the view
that a lot of tours were not experiential enough and started
using him on some of our tours. He was soon permanently
employed by us and headed up all our leisure tours.
When we took people to a squatter camp we used Mshengeuville
in the Mofolo area. We soon realised that apart from just
paying them to let us take clients around their homes,
there was far more we could do and a lot more that our
clients wanted to do.
We have since sponsored a soccer team, bought a Zozo hut
for the kids to play in, Sponsor a crèche in Mshenguville and another one at one of the hostels. With the help of Bright Kids Foundation and various others we have helped
organise "Edutainers" for the crèches to have
classes in, put together lots of clothes and food drives
and taken the kids on outings to places they have never
been before like nature reserves.
KDR October 2011 to 2014
The three directors of KDR Sports and Adventure Travel Pty Ltd took a decision to split the company into 2 distinct businesses. The office in Durban would retain the current business structure but the Joburg office would now concentrate on its Sports tour, Soweto tour and Guest-house business.
While the offices both retain the KDR Travel and Tours branding, management and ownership are kept completely separate.
Further to this, towards the end of 2012, we were set to lose 2 consultants who had been with us for quite a few years and we knew it would happen more often than not in the future as well. Consultants who had joined as youngsters were now getting married, having children and moving to different towns with their families. After a good long meeting at the local conference centre (The Keg and Trout) we decided it was worth trying a work from home business model. It wasn’t easy and we have had a few trials and tribulations along the way but we now have our main office in Kloof with consultants in Hillcrest, Durban, Richard Bay, Joburg and Cape Town all happily living with new husbands, new children and new towns.